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Can you explain the Common App and Coalition App?

Hi everyone, I've seen the terms Common App and Coalition App come up a lot in college-related discussions, but I'm not entirely clear on what they are. Can someone please explain the differences between these two platforms and how they are used during the application process? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hello! The Common App and Coalition App are both centralized application platforms that streamline the college application process by allowing students to apply to multiple schools with just one application. Here's a brief overview of each:

Common App: Launched in 1975, it's a widely-used platform that currently serves over 900 colleges and universities (mainly in the U.S.). In addition to the main application, many schools also require supplemental essays.

Coalition App: Founded in 2015, this platform is used by around 150 colleges and universities. It focuses on accessibility, affordability, and encouraging reflection with its locker feature, where students can store documents, essays, and creative works.

The primary difference between the two is school participation, with the Common App available at more institutions. However, many colleges accept both applications, so students can choose whichever platform they prefer, or even apply through both. Remember to check your prospective colleges' application requirements to decide accordingly. Good luck!

9 months ago

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